A number of SS physicians carried out pseudo-medical experiments on prisoners in Auschwitz. They included Dr. Josef Mengele, who experimented on twins and others, Professor Carl Clauberg, who carried out the experimental sterilization of women, and Dr. Horst Schuman, who sterilized men.
After a general introduction to the subject, participants use documents, including accounts by the prisoners who fell victim to these experiments, to explore the issue in depth. The session shows the degree to which the SS doctors violated professional ethics, including the Hippocratic oath, by destroying people’s lives instead of saving them. It also considers the circumstances under which a doctor has the right to say “no.”
Participants work in groups and then present their results, followed by summing up and discussion. The workshop ends with a showing of excerpts from the film Kinder des Feuers: Zwillinge von Auschwitz, featuring interviews with twins who were the victims of Dr. Mengele’s experiments.
Target audience: school, university, and doctoral students
Workshop Leader: Lucyna Filip